First Parramatta Light rail vehicle arrives

08 December 2022

The Parramatta Light Rail has reached a major new milestone with the arrival of the first vehicle in the new fleet and construction on the light rail stops nearly complete.

The Parramatta Light rail continues to deliver world-class transport to support the growing communities of Western Sydney.

When complete, the Parramatta Light Rail will provide frequent, reliable transport services between Westmead and Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD, supporting residents, local businesses and the nearly 14,000 students who attend the nearby university.

The new light rail vehicles will be fully accessible with low floors; air-conditioned; dual electric and battery-powered with roof-mounted rechargeable batteries to operate in two wire-free zones; bicycle racks; and real-time passenger count information.

The 45-metre-long vehicles will be able to hold up to 400 passengers – the equivalent of six standard buses – taking cars off local roads and reducing traffic.

The majority of the main infrastructure work is now complete, with 100 per cent of track installed and construction of the light rail stops nearly complete.

Overhead canopies for weather protection have been installed at 14 of the stops, with canopies to be in place at all 16 stops by the end of the year.

Parramatta Light Rail is also providing a major boost to the local economy, supporting 5,000 local jobs and using around 4,000 tonnes of Australian steel. Silverwater-based manufacturing company Icon Metal has also been engaged to manufacture and install the prefabricated light rail stop components.

The Parramatta Light Rail will provide high-frequency ‘turn-up-and-go’ light rail services seven days a week, every 7.5 minutes during peak periods (7am to 7pm) on weekdays.

On-track testing of the vehicles is expected to commence in mid-2023, with passenger services expected to commence in 2024.

Read the full media release here.

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